Sunday, September 6, 2009
The Kami in Kamikaze
Although my headline might overstate the connectedness between the kami (god) Amaterasu, and the kamikaze, this article in the Japan Times does make something of a connection between them. It also ties together their flag, the Hinomaru, with sun-worship and heliocentricity.
Sixteen-rayed naval variant of the Hinomaru. The original flag dates back to 1274.
I've been reading up on this stuff, as I'm trying to write a science-fiction story with Japanese characters. And yes, one of them is named Amaterasu Omikami.
Regardless, this is an interesting read....
Japan Times article on sun goddess